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microfilm equipmentLooking for a newspaper article from the past? The Microforms Room contains back issues of newspapers, periodicals, and other items in various formats.  Microfilm and microfiche are the most common formats. Materials owned by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette or obtained through Interlibrary Loan for UL Lafayette users may be printed free of charge. Materials from other sources may be printed for 25 cents a page. Readers are available which have reading, printing, and other features.  Microforms is located around the corner from the Reference Desk on the first floor.  Locate microform materials in the Library Catalog.

We also offer several databases and digital applications for historical newspaper materials.  Most of these resources are available to UL Lafayette users only.

  • Baton Rouge Advocate 
    January 1986 to present in America's News
  • Lafayette Daily Advertiser 
    July 25, 2002 to present in ProQuest News & Newspapers
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune 
    January 1989 to present; 1837 - 1922 in La. Hist. Newspapers
  • New York Times 
    June 1980 to present in Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)
  • America's Historical Newspapers: Louisiana State Package 
    Searchable American newspapers enable users to explore America's past
  • Chronicling America 
    Provides access to over 140,000 digitized historic materials, primarily 1836 - 1922, through a Web interface enhanced with dynamic HTML interactivity for magnification and navigation. The application is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
  • Louisiana Newspaper Access Program (LaNeAP) 
    Ongoing project currently contains over 70 newspaper titles from Louisiana
  • NewsBank: America's News 
    Includes the complete electronic editions of more than 1,500 full-text newspapers nationwide; also includes video clips
  • Newspaper Source 
    Provides selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.